The Wonderful World of Willows
Vermont Willow Nursery
Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'
(S. babylonica 'Tortuosa)
NEW FOR 2017
The Dragon's Claw Willow was the first curly willow seen in the West when it was introduced to France, likely to Vilmorin’s nursery near Paris, by the Belgian engineer and plant collector Joseph Hers during the early 1920s. It is said to be a small tree with an upright habit and according to some European authorities it is best kept as a large shrub, but there are large specimens in North America that grow to 30ft; perhaps the wood ripens better with the prolonged hotter temperatures experienced in North America. It is a female selection and is one of the commonest forms of curly willow in gardens and the trade. The stems are a darker color than most curly willows. Other curly willow cultivars and hybrids probably originated from this selection.
USES: As an interesting and unique ornamental shrub in the garden; can be coppiced every 1-2 years to produce lots of young stems for floral arrangements and winter containers.
photos and caption to come
$12.50 per bundle of 5
The Dragon's-claw Willow is a dominant presence in this Vermont garden
The trunks and bark the above tree
This tree is not for the faint-hearted gardener.
It's a force to be reckoned with and a garden built around.
Young plants in the nursery after 2-3 years of coppicing.